Micrometers to Meters Converter

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How to Convert Micrometers to Meters

To convert a measurement in micrometers to a measurement in meters, divide the length by the following conversion ratio: 1,000,000 micrometers/meter.

Since one meter is equal to 1,000,000 micrometers, you can use this simple formula to convert:

meters = micrometers ÷ 1,000,000

The length in meters is equal to the length in micrometers divided by 1,000,000.

For example, here's how to convert 5,000,000 micrometers to meters using the formula above.
meters = (5,000,000 µm ÷ 1,000,000) = 5 m

Micrometers and meters are both units used to measure length. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

What Is a Micrometer?

One micrometer is equal to one-millionth (1/1,000,000) of a meter, which is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in a 1/299,792,458 second time interval.

The micrometer, or micrometre, is a multiple of the meter, which is the SI base unit for length. In the metric system, "micro" is the prefix for millionths, or 10-6. A micrometer is sometimes also referred to as a micron. Micrometers can be abbreviated as µm; for example, 1 micrometer can be written as 1 µm.

To get an idea of the actual physical length of a micrometer, one human hair is 40-50 µm thick, demonstrating how small this unit of measure is.

Learn more about micrometers.

What Is a Meter?

According to the most recent 2019 definition, the meter is defined as the distance traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval with a duration of 1/299,792,458 of a second.[1] One meter is equal to 100 centimeters, 3.28084 feet, or 39.37 inches.

The meter, or metre, is the SI base unit for length in the metric system. Meters can be abbreviated as m; for example, 1 meter can be written as 1 m.

Learn more about meters.

We recommend using a ruler or tape measure for measuring length, which can be found at a local retailer or home center. Rulers are available in imperial, metric, or a combination of both values, so make sure you get the correct type for your needs.

Need a ruler? Try our free downloadable and printable rulers, which include both imperial and metric measurements.

Micrometer to Meter Conversion Table

Table showing various micrometer measurements converted to meters.
Micrometers Meters
1 µm 0.000001 m
2 µm 0.000002 m
3 µm 0.000003 m
4 µm 0.000004 m
5 µm 0.000005 m
6 µm 0.000006 m
7 µm 0.000007 m
8 µm 0.000008 m
9 µm 0.000009 m
10 µm 0.00001 m
100 µm 0.0001 m
1,000 µm 0.001 m
10,000 µm 0.01 m
100,000 µm 0.1 m
1,000,000 µm 1 m

References

  1. International Bureau of Weights and Measures, The International System of Units, 9th Edition, 2019, https://www.bipm.org/documents/20126/41483022/SI-Brochure-9-EN.pdf

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